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Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore

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#2 of 78 in Historic Sites in Alabama
Must see · Historic Walking Area · Garden
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Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a former holiday fishing camp, features meandering paths among azaleas, camellias and annuals-filled beds--as well as a 15-room English Renaissance house. Prominent architect George B. Rogers designed the home and gardens for the Bellingraths in 1935. He and Bessie Bellingrath collected camellias and azaleas from across the South to enliven the garden. Stop by the fountain plaza--an artesian spring that has been contained and redirected into pleasing runnels to the Mermaid Pool, Grotto and Fowl River. Climb the steps of the rockery to see the terraced pools and waterfalls. Take time to explore the Bellingraths' home and its original furnishings. Our Theodore online trip planner makes visiting Bellingrath Gardens and Home and other Theodore attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Another place that this didn't disappoint. A huge estate with beautiful landscape from flowers, trees to water fountains and buildings. We went on the last day of the Magic of Christmas. I would have....  more
    Another place that this didn't disappoint. A huge estate with beautiful landscape from flowers, trees to water fountains and buildings. We went on the last day of the Magic of Christmas. I would have....  more »
  • so much better than I thought it would be. my husband loved it so much, he wanted to walk through the magic of christmas twice. we met a couple where the husband said he wouldn't miss it and they... 
    so much better than I thought it would be. my husband loved it so much, he wanted to walk through the magic of christmas twice. we met a couple where the husband said he wouldn't miss it and they...  more »
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  • Really interesting place. The story behind the home and gardens is story book. I thought the architecture was more impressive then the garden but the whole thing is worth the trip to this tucked away oasis. I noticed some folks looking to see certain types of flowers and they have a guide to when certain plants are in bloom. It was raining the day we were there but there were plenty of spots to hide until the rain past. Expect to spend a couple of hours wandering the grounds. They have audio tour you can access from your phone which tells a pretty good story. It’s an easy walk but they’re are some stairs in the house and steps in the garden some folks might be mindful of.
  • The Christmas lights are amazing. However it was so all busy and crowded and I don't feel comfortable with covid exposures here. No one wore masks or socially distanced. It was also hard to get around with everyone trying to get pictures. Aside from that, it was pretty amazing. The lights were gorgeous and they're was Christmas music. Half the drink stands were closed, so the only area open did have a really long line for snacks and hot chocolate, and it was at the halfway point.

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